Tax Money Sent to Deceased?

Report of federal benefits going out to dead


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Take It to the Grave

Apparently the saying "you can't take it with you" does not apply to taxpayer money.

The federal government has paid out more than $600 million in benefit payments to dead people over the last five years.

An inspector general's report faults the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) for continuing to send out checks meant for retired or disabled federal workers even after they have passed away.

In one case, the son of a beneficiary received payments totaling more than a $500,000 for 37 years after his father's death.

The report reads -- quote -- "It is time to stop, once and for all, this waste of taxpayer money."

OPM's director acknowledged the report and said he remains deeply committed to resolving this issue.

Expense Report

Updating a story we brought you Tuesday, in our Friday Follow-up segment, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says heads should roll following an audit that showed Justice Department officials were spending $16 apiece for muffins and $8 for a cup of coffee during government conferences.

Grassley blamed a culture of elitism.

The Obama administration has ordered agencies to review catering costs for future events.

Over the Moon

Finally, a moon rock given to the state of Arkansas after the Apollo 17 mission has turned up after three decades.

An archivist discovered the rock, reportedly worth millions of dollars inside a box of former President Bill Clinton's memorabilia.

It apparently was packed away in Mr. Clinton's gubernatorial files back in 1980 and wasn't seen again until this week.

The long-lost moon rock will be given to Arkansas' current governor so it can be placed on public display.